Klickitat County Research Information  

Washington State Library
Wa State Library is well worth the visit to locate Washington information. Search Washington history books, pioneer newspapers, or ask the librarian for an obituary.

Washington State Digital Archives
Birth, Marriage, Death records and many more resources
(This is a fantastic resource with some digital copies of the original images)

Central Regional Branch of the
Washingon State Archives
- Ellensburg
The Central Branch holdings include many early Klickitat records.

Klickitat County Web Site
205 S Columbus Avenue   --   Goldendale, WA 98620-2887
County Auditor - Marriage & Land records
County Clerk - Divorce, Probate, Civil Court records

Marriages prior to 1938 had both a license and a separate document called a "Return". The Return was filled out at the time of the wedding and sent back to the courthouse. It gives the actual date of marriage, place, witnesses and often listed birth dates and parent's names. If your marriage was before 1938, ask for both items. Beginning in 1938, marriages were recorded on a single document.

The license issued by any Washington county was valid for a marriage performed in any other county in the state. For some folks, it was closer to get their license at a different county seat than at the seat of the county in which they resided. Also, folks in Klickitat county may have married in one of the counties across the Columbia River in Oregon.

Beginning in July of 1907, the State of Washington began keeping BIRTH and DEATH records, and in 1968, MARRIAGE and DIVORCE records. For information on ordering certificates see the Washington State Department of Health:

Certificate Ordering Instructions

Center For Health Statistics
1112 S. Quine St. Room 1     OLYMPIA , WA - 98504
Information: (360) 236-4300     Phone: (360) 236-4313
Fax: (360) 352-2586

Goldendale Community Library
131 West Burgen, Goldendale, WA 98620
(509) 773-4487     Toll Free: (888)546-2707
Open: Mon-Wed 12:00-8:00 Thurs-Sat 10:00 - 6:00

LDS Family History Center
Columbus & McKinley
Goldendale, WA 98620
Phone: 509-773-3824
Hours: T-Th 10 am - 4 pm   Wed 6 pm - 9 pm
Call to verify current hours.
Closed: Thanksgiving week and the last two weeks of December.

Find your nearest Family History Center

Federal Census for Klickitat County
LDS Family History Center microfilm #'s
1860 - 805398
1870 - 553182
1880 - 1255397
1900 - 1241746
1910 - 1375669
1920 - 1821932

Klickitat Newspapers:
Microfilm available through Inter-Library Loan from the
Washington State University library in Pullman and the Washington State Library in Olympia.

Goldendale Sentinel
The Sentinel maintains a 3 year archive of recent obituaries available online. Although they lack the staff to look up obituaries, they allow walk-in visitors to look up old newspapers. You cannot photocopy the newspaper, but you may hand copy the obituary as well as take a photograph of the newspaper. Be prepared with an approximate date of the obituary listing.

Gorge Heritage Museum
West Klickitat Historical Society
P.O. Box 394, (202 East Humboldt)
Bingen, Washington 98605
(509) 493-3228
Open 11:00 am to 4:30 pm Thurs-Sun. Last week in May-Sept.

Maryhill Museum
35 Maryhill Museum Drive
Goldendale, WA 98620
(509) 773-3733
(A visit to Goldendale would not be complete without a visit to this hilltop Mansion built by Sam Hill, and whose influence helped to shape the life of the Columbia Gorge)

Presby Museum &
Klickitat County Historical Society

127 W Broadway, Goldendale. Washington 98620
Phone: (509) 773-4303
Museum Hours: Apr 15-Oct 15, 10-4 daily
Off season by appointment

If you have any additions or corrections to this list, please email Ellen Rowley

copyright 2009 Ellen Rowley -- Klickitat County GenWeb